News & Events

Many Thanks to the Bethlehem Business Women's Club

May 08, 2017

Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation received a generous grant from the Bethlehem Business Women’s Club. The funds will be used for a water station -- water fountain, bottle filler, jug filler and mister -- to be located in Elm Avenue Park near the new playground, soon-to-be-completed fitness circuit and picnic pavilions. Members of the two organizations pictured here are Joan Gavrilik, Marilyn Kaltenborn, Nan Lanahan, Andrea Angerame, Catherine Lowenski, Paula Rollins, Mary Lyn Koval and Sally Cooney.

I Love My Park Day -- 5/6 – Town Hall Playground & Ball Field!

Mar 26, 2017

Town Hall Playground and Ball Field will be the site of Bethlehem’s 2017 “I Love My Park Day” on Saturday, May 6, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Hosted by Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation in conjunction with Parks & Trails New York and the Town of Bethlehem, the event is being sponsored by a generous donation from M&T Bank.

Adult volunteers are being sought to install new playground equipment, and adult and youth volunteers are needed to clean up the ball field, plant flowers and serve refreshments.  Volunteers may register for two shifts – 8-10:30am and/or 10:30am-1pm.  The first 50 volunteers to register by April 19 will receive a Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation t-shirt. The event will be held rain or shine.

Parks & Trails New York organized the first “I Love My Park Day” in 2012 to enhance State parks and historic sites, boost volunteerism and raise the visibility of the State parks system. Many local parks and their friends groups now participate in the event as well.  Bethlehem has been sponsoring an “I Love My Park Day” since 2014, with past events held at the Moh-He-Con-Nuck Nature Preserve, Selkirk Park and Henry Hudson Park.


To volunteer, contact In your email, please indicate:

  • # of adults volunteering for playground construction – please specify 8–10:30 am shift, 10:30am-1pm shift, or both
  • # of adults and youth volunteering for ball field cleanup, planting and serving refreshments – please specify 8–10:30 am shift, 10:30am-1pm shift, or both (If possible, please bring work gloves, a rake and gardening tools.)
  • # of t-shirts requested and sizes (Available in adult small, medium, large, extra-large, and 2x)

Volunteers should wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants to protect themselves from scrapes and insect bites, as well as shoes appropriate for muddy conditions.

Safety is paramount – the playground will be a construction site.  A crew from Miracle Recreation will guide volunteers through the playground assembly – no construction experience is necessary.  Children are invited to watch the construction, but will not be allowed in the construction area and must be supervised at all times.

Directions: Town Hall Playground and Ball Field are adjacent to the Bethlehem Town Hall at 445 Delaware Avenue in Delmar

Show Bethlehem parks some love — volunteer on May 6!
This event will be held rain or shine!

View the Bethlehem “I Love My Park Day” flyer.

Boston Bus Trip - Saturday, March 25, 2017 - optional Flower Show Tix

Jan 05, 2017

Click here for the full brochure .

Spend the day with Friends in Boston!! Attend the Boston Flower & Garden Show. This year’s theme is “Superheroes of the Garden” -- for more information, visit Or spend the day your way – explore the North End, go to the New England Aquarium, walk the Freedom Trail, visit one of the world-class museums, or take advantage of Boston’s unique shopping scene.

The bus will leave Elm Avenue Park at 8 a.m. and return at 10 p.m. The cost is $65 per person for the bus and a discounted Flower Show ticket, or $49 for the bus alone. The cost includes a driver’s tip, an afternoon shuttle from the Flower Show to Faneuil Hall, and a donation to Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation.

Print out the flyer , complete the form, and submit your payment by February 21.

Questions? Contact or call 518-605-6580.

First Night Bethlehem -- Volunteers Needed

Nov 30, 2016

Bethlehem is having a First Night celebration – a family-friendly, fun event – on New Year’s Eve, Saturday, December 31.  It will kick off at 6:30 pm with Fireworks at the Four Corners, followed by entertainment from 7 to 10 pm at nearby locations. Join us for an evening of music and family fun, including ice  sculpting, face painting, interactive theater and crafts for kids, a battle of the high school bands, and music of every genre and for every age!

Volunteers are needed at all locations – 2-hour shifts – inside or out.  Please call 605-6580 or email to sign up!

First Night buttons are available online at and at the Delmar Marketplace (at the Four Corners).
-- Adults: $10 in advance, $15 at the event
-- Ages 12-18: $5 (in advance and at the event)
-- Kids under 12: Free!
Proceeds will go to programs that help our less fortunate neighbors.

Presented in partnership by the Town of Bethlehem, Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce, and the Bethlehem Community Fund.

Click here for flyer   

Click here for schedule

Year-end Giving Campaign: #Giving Tuesday through December 31

Nov 29, 2016

Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation’s Year-end Giving Campaign will run from November 29, #GivingTuesday, through December 31, 2016.

Support our Parks and Recreation Scholarship Fund.  All funds raised during the 2016 Year-end Giving Campaign will be used to establish a Scholarship Fund to assist Bethlehem families in need to participate in Parks and Recreation activities.

Matching funds are available.  Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation has received a matching pledge of $1,000.  All donations during the Year-end Giving Campaign (Nov 29 – Dec 31) will be matched up to this $1,000 total.  Please double the impact of your donation and help us leverage these funds in full.

Thank you for your support and generosity!  To make a contribution in any amount, please go to our Donate & Sponsor page to make your donation electronically or print a mail-in donation form.